Starting today, the City of Centennial is providing opportunities for the public to provide comments on the City’s draft Comprehensive Plan, Centennial NEXT. The process of developing Centennial NEXT started in 2016 and the City has been committed to engaging the public in defining a shared vision, gathering input, and helping plan for the future of Centennial. This Comprehensive Plan will help ensure the community’s values align with the City’s roadmap for development so Centennial thrives well into the future. Between now and 2040, this City-wide plan will guide Centennial’s approach to preserving, enhancing and growing Centennial’s neighborhoods and business community in a way that promotes mutual prosperity, coordinated public investment and a healthy environment. The plan will promote quality of life, a sense of community, economic vitality, supporting infrastructure, and responsible government that leaves a legacy for future generations.
The City turns to those who know the City best –its residents, businesses, and stakeholders to help identify opportunities, challenges, and visions for Centennial’s future.
Your feedback is appreciated! You have until August 24 to share your comments on the draft plan. Below is a list of how you can get involved and provide comments.
The Centennial Youth Commission is hosting a “Dog Days” event at Centennial Center Park this Saturday, July 28 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. with special canine entertainment! There will be performances by the Spotlight Performing Arts Center and the high flying Colorado Disc Dogs and the versatile band The Fever will perform live throughout the event. Bring your own picnic or grab lunch from one of the many food trucks.
TLC Meals on Wheels will be collecting pet food and pet treat donations for the pets of their customers, so please consider bringing a donation for pets in need. Small pools of water will also be available for dogs to splash around and cool off in. Make sure to bring your well-trained and socialized canine companion on a leash to join in the fun!
Discounted animal licensing is also available at this event! By attending this event, residents may receive a 3-year animal license for the price of a 1-year license.
Schedule of Events:
11 - 11:20 a.m. Performance by Spotlight Performing Arts Center
11:20 – 11:40 a.m. First performance by the Colorado Disc Dogs
11:40 a.m. - 12:40 p.m. Music by The Fever
12:40 – 1 p.m. Second performance by the Colorado Disc Dogs
1 – 2 p.m. The Fever’s second performance
Centennial Center Park is located at 13050 E. Peakview Avenue. Please remember the following when attending the event:
Thank you to our event sponsors: Gold Sponsor Arapahoe County; Community Partner Centennial Medical Plaza; Silver Sponsors Jacobs and Terracare Associates; Bronze Sponsor Renewal by Anderson and media partner the Centennial Citizen.
Visit centennialco.gov/events to view the other exciting events scheduled at Centennial Center Park this summer.
U.S. Department of Labor | July 18, 2018
U.S. Department of Labor Announces Funding Opportunity For Apprenticeship Expansion in Key Industry Sectors
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced $150 million in grants to support sector-based approaches to expand apprenticeships on a national scale in key industry sectors. When awarded, the grants will move a step closer to President Trump’s vision set forth in Executive Order on Expanding Apprenticeship in America, which calls for increasing the number of apprentices in the U.S. across all industries.
This grant program aims to accelerate the expansion of apprenticeships to new industry sectors, and to increase apprenticeship opportunities for all Americans. Veterans, military spouses, service members re-entering the civilian workforce, and underrepresented groups in apprenticeship, including women, people of color, and ex-offenders will benefit from their investments. As directed by the 2017 Executive Order, the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion released on May 10, 2018, its final report to the President, which provides detailed recommendations for meeting these goals.
“The expansion of apprenticeships makes the greatest workforce in the world – the American workforce – even stronger,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “This funding is an investment in America’s workforce, will contribute to competitiveness by helping job creators meet increasing demands for skilled workers, and meets the nation’s need for family-sustaining careers.”
There are more than 6.6 million job openings in the U.S., many of which require advanced skills.
The Department will award up to $150 million in H-1B funds to approximately 15 to 30 apprenticeship programs, with awards ranging from $1 million to $12 million. The grant size will depend on the size of the targeted industry sector and the proposed scale of the apprenticeship projects. Funding will be awarded to projects designed to:
• Expand apprenticeships to occupations that have not typically used apprenticeships to bring new entrants into the workforce. By focusing on information technology, advanced manufacturing, banking and finance, and healthcare, we can offer new job seekers opportunities and upskill those already employed in these industries to bolster the sector’s competitiveness;
• Increase the level of apprenticeship activity among a range of new employers within these industry sectors, particularly small and medium-sized businesses; and
• Promote a sector-based approach to large-scale expansion of apprenticeships that include a paid, work-based learning component and a required educational or instructional component that results in the issuance of an industry-recognized credential and meet appropriate quality assurance standards.
For additional information on grant eligibility, and how to apply for funds, visit http://www.grants.gov.
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Eric Holland, 202-693-4695, [email protected]
Release Number: 18-1041-NAT
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Centennial ranks as the third best city in the nation for first-time home buyers, according to a recent study by WalletHub.
WalletHub compared a sample of 300 U.S. cities of various sizes by analyzing three key indicators: affordability, the real-estate market and quality of life. Centennial came in at No. 3 overall, but was No. 2 among small cities (defined as fewer than 150,000 residents) for first-time home buyers, and No. 7 in the quality-of-life category.
“Centennial is proud to be recognized by Wallet Hub for the second time. Centennial has always strived to encourage housing options for all stages of life,” says Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko.
Three other Colorado cities also made the top 20: Thornton at No. 6, Arvada at No. 17 and Greeley at No. 20.
Centennial was ranked No. 9 on WalletHub’s list of best cities for first-time home buyers in 2016.
WalletHub, a personal finance advisor that also compiles rankings, uses a community of subject-matter experts to review financial products, professionals and companies. The experts analyze data collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and major real estate groups to determine the most favorable housing markets for first-time home buyers.
To view the full list and the criteria used to rank cities, go to WalletHub.
It takes many volunteers to ensure that our event runs smoothly and is as successful as possible. We can't make that happen without you! So we want to say "Thank You" for volunteering your time.
If you are volunteering for our event, and are also remembering a baby, you will need to register as a participant to have your baby's name included on the t-shirt, in the program book, and read during the presentation.
If you are at this event to honor your baby, you will be released from your duties in time for the presentation.
Our Volunteer Committee Lead will touch base with you in the next couple of weeks.
The Centennial Senior Commission’s Centennial Active Seniors program is in full swing! This is a series of FREE programs for seniors in our community. On Thursday, July 19 spend the afternoon with five Legendary Ladies. Centennial Active Seniors are hosting afternoon tea with Women’s Suffragist Ellis Meredith, Zoo Manager Mary Elitch Long, Frontier Physician Susan Anderson, Frontierswoman Calamity Jane and American Baseball Bloomer Girl Pitcher Maud Nelson. The event will take place from 1:30 – 3 p.m. in the Centennial Community Room located at 7272 S. Eagle Street, Centennial, CO 80112. Attendees will also have an opportunity to learn more about Arapahoe County senior resources and future Centennial Active Senior events.
Other upcoming events include:
Birds of Prey
Thursday, August 2, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Bring your grandkids, neighbors and friends for this amazing presentation and get up close with an eagle, owl, falcon and hawk. Weather permitting, a flight demonstration is also included in this exciting event!
PLEASE NOTE: This event will be at Centennial Center Park located at 13050 E. Peakview Avenue.
Caregiving: How Can We Be More Proactive?
Thursday, August 9, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
This informative discussion led by nationally recognized caregiving expert and Caregiving for the GENIUS author Jane Barton will discuss the journey everyone takes as a caregiver and/or care receiver. Learn how to care for yourself and others “by design, not be default.”
All events take place at the City of Centennial Community Room located at 7272 S. Eagle Street.
Visit www.centennialco.gov/seniors to learn more about the Centennial Active Senior program.
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Are you afraid of the dentist? As many as 40 million Americans refuse to go to the dentist because of a fear of needles. But if you’re skipping out on recommended dental care, you’re putting more than just your smile at risk. Recent research indicates that the health of your mouth reflects the health of your body as a whole. Studies show that bacteria in the teeth and gums can enter the bloodstream and contribute to health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy complications and premature birth, lung conditions, and pancreatic cancer. But by taking care of your teeth and gums, you can help prevent certain health conditions.
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The DentalVibe is a unique tool that can help alleviate dental fear and anxiety, allowing you to get the dental treatment you need to stay healthy. The DentalVibe provides gentle vibration to the site of the dental injection. This vibration overloads the nerve that sends pain signals to the brain so that you don’t register the pain or discomfort from the injection. The sound of the vibration creates an added distraction, and the vibration also helps disperse the anesthesia once it’s injected so that it can work even faster.
Patients who experience an injection with the DentalVibe are often unaware when the injection actually occurs. The DentalVibe is especially helpful in reducing dental fear among children. In fact, many patients have said that if such a tool had been available when they were younger, their dental fears would never have begun.
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Meridian Metro District today announced that its bike-sharing system, known as M-Bike, is doubling in size to become the largest office park bike-sharing system in the country.
With the expansion Meridian’s M-Bike system grows to 21 stations, 200 docks and 100 bicycles. The M-Bike system is dedicated to those who live and work within the 1,685-acre Meridian International Business Center at the crossroads of I-25 and E-470. By acreage, it’s the largest office park in the country to be served by a shared bike system.
Meridian Metro District is pleased to announce that Kaiser Permanente, the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, has committed to a three-year title sponsorship of M-Bike. In addition, HDR Engineering and Windsor at Meridian have signed on as new sponsors for 2018. They join Jacobs (previously CH2M), Toastmasters International, Zenith Apartments and Vela Apartments who are continuing as sponsors in 2018.
“Shared bikes are enhancing the campus atmosphere of the Meridian complex and helping to bring the community together as we had expected,” said Eric Hecox, general manager for the district. “Every trip on an M-Bike reduces the number of short trips in cars and provides an environmentally-friendly way to get around Meridian. We are extremely thankful to Kaiser Permanente for their long-term commitment and to all the corporate sponsors who share our vision for providing an easy way to get around our community.”
The bike sharing system, the first in Douglas County, also makes it easier to commute to and from work using the RTD Light Rail. The Meridian campus is served by the Lincoln Station, including a pedestrian bridge that crosses I-25.
M-Bike usage data in the first eight months shows trips from stations located near residential complexes accounted for 32 percent of the rides and trips from the RTD Lincoln Station accounted for 25 percent of all rides. Riders using the station that serves Jacobs and Toastmasters generated 17 percent of all rides.
The bike-sharing office park installation at Meridian was the first of its kind in Colorado. Various private companies around the country, such as Google and Facebook, have deployed shared bicycle systems to improve mobility around their campuses. However, the launch of the M-Bike system in Meridian marked the first time in Colorado that a shared-bike amenity serves a large office park and residential community.
The 20,000 employees, residents, hotel guests and retail shops in Meridian have access to the M-Bike system if their company participates in the program.
The system is built and operated by Zagster. Riders may view stations and available bikes in the free Zagster app, available on the App Store and Google Play or online: http://bike.zagster.com/meridian/.
One tap in the Zagster app automatically unlocks the ring lock on the rear wheel, allowing a rider to get rolling in seconds. After the rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster bike station, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy.
The 21 M-Bike stations are:
1. Lincoln RTD Station
3. El Diente/Meridian
5. Kingston/Maroon Circle
6. Zenith Apartments
8. Meridian Commons Park
9. Severn Lane
10. Vela Apartments
11. Meridian Office
12. Meridian Exercise Station
13. Apex Apartments
16. Lincoln Center
18. The Pond
19. Forest Lake
20. Meadows at Meridian
21. Kaiser Permanente
Anyone planning to visit Meridian International Business Center may also use the system for an hourly fee by downloading the Zagster app on their iPhone or Android and starting an account.
About Meridian Metro District
The Meridian Metropolitan District is a special district formed for the purpose of providing for the construction and operation of various infrastructure to serve a myriad of large office complexes, small businesses, airports, restaurants, and residential properties within the Meridian International Business Center. Since its inception, the District has undertaken planning, construction, and operation of the area’s principal street, safety and transportation, park and recreational, storm drainage, and water, sewer and irrigation facilities. The District owns and operates an innovative water system, widely considered one of the most efficient in Colorado.
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the largest and fastest-growing bike-share provider in the United States. Zagster operates more than 200 bike share programs in 35 states across North America with a focus on making bike riding a truly mass market phenomenon. Zagster’s on-bike locking technology offers riders the freedom and flexibility they want, and cities the security and predictability they need. Because Zagster manages all aspects of its programs—from bikes and technology, to maintenance and marketing—Zagster partners can create and deploy scalable bike-share systems that best suit their needs and work within their budgets.
More information about Zagster and its programs can be found at www.zagster.com
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